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Guru Teg Bahadur Martyrdom Day Commemoration


Vedic Hindu Cultural Society commemorates Martydom Day of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur  ji, 9th Sikh Guru, Saturday, November 22: 11 a.m. – Shabad Kirtan by Namdhari Sikh Sangat; 11:30 a.m. – Religious Discourse; 1 p.m. – Preeti Bhojan. Speakers: Dr. Rishi Singh (Sikh scholar), Harpreet Singh (TV and radio talk show host) and Rajni Sharma (Hindu scholar).

At Lakshmi Narayan Temple, 8321-140th Street, Surrey, sponsored by Hindu-Sikh Forum of Canada.


Surrey’s Tree Lighting Festival


The City of Surrey kicks-off the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 from 12 to 8 p.m. at

City Hall Plaza (with satellite location at Central City Shopping Centre) with the annual Tree Lighting Festival.  Join the Mayor and Council along with Jack Frost and Santa, as they flip the switch on the City’s 55-foot Christmas tree at this free family event. * Santa’s arrival:  1 p.m. at Central City Shopping Centre * Tree Lighting: 6:30 p.m. * Alyssa Reid: 7 p.m. Take in live performances featuring Canadian pop sensation Alyssa Reid, The Tourist Company, and Bobs and Lolo. Families can enjoy plenty of fun holiday activities including trolley rides, road hockey, ice carving demonstration, letters to Santa, story time igloo, miniature train and Ferris Wheel rides. This indoor / outdoor event will also feature photos with Santa at Central City Shopping Centre, crafts and games at Santa’s Workshop inside the City Hall Atrium and Storyville at the City Centre Library. Alyssa Reid will be signing autographs inside the mall at 5 p.m. near Winners. While the festival is free, donations are gratefully accepted onsite for the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau; and the Surrey Fire Fighter’s Charitable Society will be hosting a Toy Drive.


Importance of Spiritual Practice in Daily Life


Four free events in the Lower Mainland: Importance of Spiritual Practice in Daily Life.  This topic will be conducted by Dragana Kislovski, a disciple of Dr. Athavale, a saint and spiritual master from India from the Spiritual Science Research Foundation. They will speak various topics such as the purpose of human life, how to overcome problems in life which have the root cause in the spiritual dimension, how to overcome destiny, ensure a more happy life and how to live life in a more pure manner. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Two events remain: * Surrey on November 22, 3-4:30 p.m. at Healing Movements Yoga Centre, Unit 115-8377D – 128th Street. * Vancouver on November 23, 3-4:30 p.m. at Yoga in Daily Life, #200, 223 West Broadway. Contact details: dragana.k@ssrf.org


Free Post-Secondary Education Fair


To help new immigrant families and international students better understand the Canadian education system and wide-range of post-secondary options available, the Vancity S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Post Secondary Education Fair will take place on Saturday, November 22 at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre, 28 West Pender Street, Vancouver, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This day free event includes seminars and information booths from 13 both public and private education institutions in Canada. This year features 7 seminars on such topics as post-secondary admission trends to major universities in North America; scholarships; and career development. Participants will be able to meet with university and colleague representatives on academic options and discuss with financial experts on student budgeting, financial options and career planning. Hourly lucky draw will be held and during the final hour of the event, one lucky participant will have the opportunity to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab upon completion of a short survey. The event is free and registration is not required.


Canadian Muslims Fight Youth Radicalization


The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Abbotsford, BC Chapter, is organizing an event to fight youth radicalization and the extremist implications that ISIS can have on Muslim converts. This event is part of a nation-wide campaign called STOPTHECRISIS with events planned for most large Canadian cities. The event will consist of a keynote address and a multi-media presentation. It will engage members of the community, and provide methods to avoid radicalization, and in worst case scenario – de-radicalize. On Monday, November 24, 7-9 p.m. at Abbotsford Arts Center – Banquet Hall 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford.


Learn About Home Care Services for Seniors


Richmond Public Library will host two free programs on home care services for seniors. “How to Maximize Your Budget with Home Care Services” will provide information on government funding, subsidies and budgeting for home support and personal care services and will take place on Monday, November 24 from 7-8:30 p.m. * “The Seven Secrets of Home Care Services” will focus on how home care can provide safety, comfort, independence and peace of mind to seniors and their families. This program will take place on Monday, December 1 from 7-8:30 p.m. Both programs take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Presenter is Patricia Cruz, home care manager with 23 years’ experience in seniors’ services.


VIBC Annual General Meeting


On Thursday, November 27 come join in a celebration. At our AGM, we’ll treat you to a 10-year retrospective, elect some dynamic new members to the board, and kick off our 11th year by reviewing our successes for 2014. A reception with food and wine will follow. Thursday, November 27 at 7 p.m. at Lecture Hall 2600, SFU Surrey, 13450 –102nd Avenue. Reception at

8:30–9:30 p.m. in Classroom 2740, SFU Surrey.


Sai Birthday


All devotees are invited at the Hindu Cultural Society and Community Center of B.C. (3885 Albert Street, Burnaby) to participate in Lakhshacharan on Saturday, November 29 at 5 p.m. for Sai Birthday. Also being celebrated is 25 years of Lakhshacharan in Vancouver at VHP Temple. Program: 5:15-6:15 – Sai Bhajan / Kirtan; 6:30-7:15 p.m. – Sai Japa; 7:30 p.m. – Priti Bhojan. Contact: Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327- 8259, Vijaybhai Dayal at 604-986-5958; Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989, or VHP Temple at 604-299-5922.


Learn About Personal Financial Planning


Richmond Public Library will host the free program “Investing in Canada – Smart Money Series” on Monday, December 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is sponsored by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and is in English with Mandarin translation. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program will provide participants with an overview of RRSPs, RESPs, TFSAs and RRIFs. The speaker is Susan Fugman, Certified Financial Planner specializing in helping newcomers with financial life in Canada.


Surrey Libraries


On Wednesday, December 3, 7-8:30 p.m., as part of Surrey Libraries’ Authors Among Us Series, join local authors at the Guildford Library for a panel discussion on overcoming life challenges. Meet authors who have written about life’s curveballs, big or small. Explore the different ways we can cope and triumph over challenges in an increasingly complex world. Call 604-598-7366 to save your spot. Authors featured: * Gina McMurchy-Barber, author of Free as a Bird, the Peggy Henderson Adventures, and When Children Play: The Story of the Right to Play * Trudy Davies, author of Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure * Megan Williams, author of Our Interrupted Fairy Tale * Evelyn H. Lazare, author of The Ladies Who Don’t Lunch and The Ladies Who Still Don’t Lunch * Debbie Holmes, author of How to Help Others without Losing Yourself. www.surreylibraries.ca


Kendriya Vidyalya / Central School


Kendriya Vidyalya / Central School is holding a reunion on Friday, December 5 at Dhaliwal Banquet Hall. This reunion is for all locations of Central Schools across India. Tickets are $25 each. The event also includes dinner, dance, entertainment and door prizes. To buy tickets or to get more information, contact Dave Rai at 604-808-7373 or Charanjit Rai at 604-360-7616


PICS Kids Club


Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society has launched the PICS Kids Club for students in grades K-12 who need a little extra help with their school work and studies. The tutoring sessions are $20/hour and they run every Wednesday between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. at PICS Society head office, 205-12725 80th Avenue, Surrey. For more information, contact Sunita Dhaliwal at 604-596-7722, ext. 141.


Does your child need practice reading?


November-December: Sign them up for the Coast Capital Savings Reading Buddies program at Surrey Libraries. Your child can improve his / her reading skills in a safe and supportive environment over weekly after school meetings. Trained high school students offer their time and expertise by ‘buddying up’ with a child to read together and engage in fun literacy activities. Free. * Fleetwood Library: now — December 2 (Tuesdays). 4-5 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-598-7351. * Guildford Library: now — November 25 (Tuesdays). 3:30-4:30 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-598-7378. * Newton Library: now — November 25 (Tuesdays). 4:30-5:30 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-598-7413. * Cloverdale Library: now — November 26 (Wednesdays). 3:45-4:45 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-598-7326. * Semiahmoo Library: now — December 2 (Tuesdays). 3:45-4:45 p.m. Register at the Library or call 604-592-6913. Go to: http://www.surreylibraries.ca/4941.aspx